So-I've been wanting to treat myself to one of those lovely yarn bowls for ages, but every time I go to order it, I fail to justify the cost to myself.
Then today....I came across this pair of rice bowls in a charity shop- and paid £3 for the pair.
They work a treat! :-)
I love your idea of using a rice bowl! Great way to re-purpose.
Another good idea is a fish bowl. The top is narrower so the yarn doesn't "flop out". The only thing it doesn't have is the hole to thread the yarn through, but I don't miss that, since I sometimes take my knitting with me and don't want to put it through the hole anyway. I do have a very nice yarn bowl too, but I use it as a catch all for my needles & accessories.